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Gayle K. Brunelle

Gayle K. Brunelle is a mem­ber of a rel­a­tively rare breed – a native-born Ver­mon­ter.  Raised in Rut­land, Ver­mont, she attended Saint Michael’s Col­lege in Colch­ester, Ver­mont, where she earned her bac­calau­re­ate in his­tory.  Per­haps because of the affect of the New Eng­land atmos­phere in her upbring­ing, she has always had an affin­ity for tales of crime, mys­tery and may­hem, and since her under­grad­u­ate days, when she orig­i­nally majored in cre­ative writ­ing before switch­ing to his­tory, she has writ­ten mur­der mys­ter­ies as a hobby.  She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in his­tory from Emory Uni­ver­sity in Atlanta Geor­gia, and is cur­rently Pro­fes­sor of His­tory at Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity, Fuller­ton.  Her first book, The New World Mer­chants of Rouen, 1555–1630 (1991) devel­oped out of her research for her doc­toral dis­ser­ta­tion.  Gayle is of French Québe­cois descent, and The New World Mer­chants of Rouen, as well as her forth­com­ing book on Samuel de Cham­plain, are the result of her inter­est in the ear­li­est French colo­nial ven­tures in the New World.  She is writ­ing a book on 17th cen­tury French efforts to col­o­nize the coast of South Amer­ica, a project that lets her com­bine her affin­ity for mur­der and may­hem with her inter­est in French col­o­niza­tion, since most of these early French South Amer­i­can colonies ended in mutinies, native upris­ings and mas­sacres. She is also writ­ing a fic­tional mur­der mys­tery set in Saratoga, New York. Gayle and Annette intend to pur­sue their love of “Paris-noir” with a bio­graph­i­cal sequel to Mur­der in the Metro that will explore the con­flicted life and vio­lent death of the Cagoulard leader, Eugène Delon­cle, as well as the exploits of other for­mer mem­bers of the Cagoule dur­ing the Vichy regime.  Gayle resides in Brea, California.

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